Digital Archiving Resources

Disorder: Vocabulary of Hoarding in Personal Digital Archiving Practices

Title

Disorder: Vocabulary of Hoarding in Personal Digital Archiving Practices

Subject

Personal Archives

Description

The image of the "digital hoarder," buried under the disorganized turmoil created by the volume of their digital possessions, has become an increasingly popular way for individuals to describe their everyday digital collecting habits. This article argues that such self-characterization offers valuable insights into the psychologies of personal archiving practices. It then considers how "digital hoarding," as a subculture of record-keeping, can inform our understanding of how and why digital personal archives are shaped and maintained. A deeper understanding of hoarding, and of record creators' digital personal information management practices, can benefit endeavors to educate the public about personal digital records management, by encouraging archivists to take into account the organic ways in which individual organizational practices have developed. In these ways, this article seeks to balance archival outreach efforts with what the digital public can teach the archival profession about itself.

Creator

Chen, Anna

Publisher

Association of Canadian Archivists

Date

2014

Contributor

Vieira, Lisa

Type

Journal Article

Bibliographic Citation

Chen, Anna. "Disorder: Vocabularies of Hoarding in Personal Digital Archiving Practices." Archivaria no. 78: 115-134. Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts, EBSCO host.

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Citation

Chen, Anna, “Disorder: Vocabulary of Hoarding in Personal Digital Archiving Practices,” Digital Archiving Resources, accessed November 19, 2017, http://dar.cah.ucf.edu/items/show/322.